The match that gave Carlos Alcaraz the right confidence to win the first Grand Slam of his career at the US Open in 2022 was certainly the one with Jannik Sinner. One step away from defeat, specifically in the quarterfinals, the Spaniard canceled a match point in the fourth set, building the margins to complete a comeback that is difficult even to imagine.
The young Spanish champion subsequently managed to control the fifth partial and reach the semifinals. The rest is history as Alcaraz left New York with the title becoming the youngest number one in tennis history. The Spaniard loves competition and, after analyzing his draw, has already set his sights on the possible challenge with Sinner.
The two could meet again in the quarterfinals.
Alcaraz thinks about the possible challenge with Sinner in the quarterfinals
The Spaniard told in an interview with Super Tennis: "I try not to think about last year's triumph and the fact that I came here as defending champion.
We came here to train 100% and to arrive at the start of the tournament in the best condition possible. Last year the one with Sinner was a great battle. It is a match that is now part of the US Open history book for the time it ended: no one has ever gone further.
It's the longest match I've ever played in my career. We both showed a very high level of tennis. We will probably meet, but we have a rather complicated board. Maybe we will show the world another super match. Many things have changed in one year: we have both improved.
He won his first Masters 1000. We could have another great match." Alcaraz and Sinner will make their debut at the US Open next Tuesday. The former will find Dominik Koepfer on the other side of the network; the second will face Yannick Hanfmann.
Both will play their respective matches in the evening session. We recall that also Novak Djokovic is came back at the US Open, after last season ban due to the Covid-vaccination status.